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covered call writing calculations using the Ellman Calculator

Selecting Deep In-The-Money Strikes: A Real-Life Example

Option selection is the second required skill when selling call and put options. On 9/26/2017, George shared with me a trade he executed with Biogen, Inc. (BIIB). An in-the-money strike was sold and share price immediately accelerated. George was inquiring about how deep in-the-money (ITM) the strike prices should be set.   George’s initial trade […]

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managing covered call trades

Managing Winning Trades for High Implied Volatility Stocks

Covered call writing and cash-secured put-selling are conservative strategies geared to retail investors who have capital preservative as a key strategy requirement. When we use high implied volatility underlying securities the strategy will have a broader range of risk-reward exposure. This article was inspired by Randy P. who had outstanding results using Applied Optoelectronics Inc. […]

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Arbitrage: Part I

Understanding stock and option pricing requires an awareness of arbitrage and market efficiency. Although most retail investors do not have the tools to take advantage of arbitrage opportunities, a comprehensive understanding of how it works adds to our financial literacy and so I am sharing this 2-part series with our readers.   What is arbitrage? Arbitrage is the […]

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covered call writing calculations

Why Option Buyers Pay More for In-The-Money Strikes

When we sell an in-the-money covered call, we are taking a defensive posture and using the intrinsic value component of the premium to protect the time value initial profit. As an example, let’s look at New Oriental Education (NYSE: EDU) on April 7, 2017: EDU priced at $61.50 $60.00 (ITM) call priced at $3.55 Expiration […]

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Rolling Out-and-Up After Understanding the Math

Elite covered call writers understand the importance of position management in maximizing returns. As a result, I receive a significant number of inquiries regarding exit strategy execution. This article will highlight one such question I received from John which has two components to it. The main item relates to rolling-out-and-up, a frequently-used exit strategy in […]

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covered call writing calculations

Calculation Rules: Making Sense Of A Trade That Makes No Sense

Understanding option calculations is a necessary skill to become an elite covered call writer. The Ellman Calculator will do all the legwork but accurate and meaningful results are dependent on appropriate inputs. To highlight this point, let’s look at a real-life trade sent to me by Catherine who trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange:   […]

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Why do Call Buyers Exercise Early Prior to the Ex-Dividend Date?

Covered call writers know that early exercise is extremely rare. Call buyers are generally better off selling the option rather than exercising early. In this article we will evaluate why a call buyer may choose to exercise an in-the-money call option prior to expiration by evaluating the choices available to these option holders.   Value of […]

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interest rates and option premiums for covered call writing and put-selling

RHO: Why Interest Rates Effect Our Option Premiums

Interest rates and the option Greeks play an important role in understanding option trading basics. Rho, not considered a major Greek, measures the change in an option’s price resulting from a 1% change in interest rates. When interest rates do change, it is normally by 25 basis points, not a full percentage point and that’s […]

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put-selling calculations and strike price selection

“Moneyness” Of Call And Put Options: Understanding Strike Prices

Strike price selection is such a key part of options trading basics and options calculations. There are 3 types of strike prices for both put and call options: in-the-money, at-the-money (and the closely related near-the-money) and out-of-the-money. Moneyness tells option holders whether exercising will lead to a profit.  Moneyness looks at the value of an option […]

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maximizing covered call returns using theta

How To Maximize Covered Call Writing Returns By Understanding Time Value and Theta

Mastering the concepts of the time value of our option premiums and how theta impacts our option profits will help elevate our returns to the highest possible levels. Let’s first define these terms: Definitions Time value: The portion of the option premium that is attributable to the amount of time remaining until expiration. It is […]

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